At Brooks, we understand that undergoing an amputation can cause a sense of uncertainty and confusion in patients and their families. We strive to replace these overwhelming feelings with ones of hope and optimism by giving our patients the tools needed to achieve the greatest possible independence in the home, community and workplace.
Supportive care during a difficult adjustment
An amputation is a significant loss and can cause many lifestyle changes. Whether the limb is removed as a result of trauma, infection or disease, patients experience a change in their center of gravity, mobility and ability to perform activities of daily living like dressing, toileting and bathing.
The rehabilitation process at Brooks addresses these changes. Our goal is to help you and your family prepare to return to an active life. Abilities and independence improve not only with exercise and therapy, but also by resuming daily activities. This may mean learning new skills for self-care, homemaking, mobility and recreational activities. While in therapy and on the nursing unit, you will use and practice new mobility and self-care skills.
A truly collaborative approach
Our Amputee Program offers a comprehensive approach to the care and rehabilitation of individuals with amputations. A team of experts cares for you throughout your stay. That team includes therapists from several disciplines, rehabilitation nurses and our highly qualified board-certified physiatrists, who are medical doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Psychologists are also available to help you adjust to the changes you are experiencing.
Read more about your team at Brooks.
The quickest route to being you again
Our rehabilitation team will help you learn to:
- Promote the healing and shaping of your residual limb, which is the remaining part of your arm or leg that was amputated
- Strengthen your arms and legs
- Increase your physical strength and activities
- Perform daily activities from a wheelchair, if needed
- Use adapted equipment—such as a walker or dressing aides—to become more mobile and independent
- Care for and maintain a proper fit for your prosthesis, if recommended and available